In a letter to the media, The Democratic National Convention (DNC) media logistics team announced that the 2020 event will be held the week of Aug. 17 in Milwaukee because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The DNC had been scheduled for mid-July.
The letter read, in part, "Ensuring the safety of the convention's host community and all convention-goers has beenand always will remainthe top priority of the Democratic National Convention Committee. As we continue to monitor the unpredictable and unprecedented public health emergency, we remain in constant communication with the local, state, and federal officials responsible for protecting public health and security, and will continue to follow their guidance."
"In our current climate of uncertainty, we believe the smartest approach is to take additional time to monitor how this situation unfolds so we can best position our party for a safe and successful convention," said Joe Solmonese, CEO of the Democratic National Convention Committee, in a statement.
"During this critical time, when the scope and scale of the pandemic and its impact remain unknown, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of health care professionals and emergency responders. I have always believed that American innovation and ingenuity shine brightest during our darkest days, and for that reason, I'm confident our convention planning team and our partners will find a way to deliver a convention in Milwaukee this summer that places our Democratic nominee on the path to victory in November."